The 1947 Packard Clipper Deluxe Eight sedan at LeMay-America’s Car Museum Collection was donated by Club Auto member Christopher Bayley of Seattle. “To me, the Dutch Darrin-designed Clipper is the most beautiful ‘modern’ Packard,” Bayley said. “Some of us even think the Silver Cloud I Rolls Royce and comparable Bentley mimicked the look of these cars.”
The design team led by Dutch Darrin was a driving force behind the styling of the Clipper between 1941 and 1947. Packard's Clipper had at least as many pioneering features in an even more integrated package. One of those features was the introduction of the use of a single piece of seamless steel to form the roofline from windshield header to deck lid. Another feature is that the floor pan was comprised of only two separate pieces welded longitudinally.
Instead of the traditional three-side-window format, Clipper was innovative for its time because it used pivoting ventipanes built into the rear doors. Concealed door hinges, rotary door latches, a low-slung double-drop frame, broad areas of glass and the banishment of the running boards were also landmarks Clipper features. Some 23,855 Deluxe Clipper Eights were produced in 1947. The car is powered by an in-line L head, eight-cylinder engine that produced 165 horsepower. The car is finished in two-tone grey, which was one of the few options available in 1947. 1947 Packard Clipper sells for around $12,000 to $18,000 in collectors’ markets.